Low fat curry recipes

Many of us associate Indian food as being unhealthy.  This is true if the curry in question is ordered from an indian restaurant menu.  However, a home made curry can be a fantastically healthy dinner idea, whether it is a meat dish or a low fat vegetarian recipe.

Although curry is the nation’s favourite dish, Brits are shunning away from hot curries.  Most curry lovers are opting for a Korma or a mild-spiced curry like a bhuna.  Kormas are usually associated with  being creamy and mild and not necessarily healthy.  The reason for this is that most Korma recipes are
made with cream and sometimes nuts.  A Korma can be a healthy curry recipe if made with yogurt.  Even the type of yogurt can be varied to ensure you are whizzing up low fat curry recipes.  At the high unhealthy end, a curry made of ghee, cream and nuts will be extremely tantalizing but will be as unhealthy as a curry can get.  On the other hand on the low fat curry recipe end, ensure to use low fat yogurt instead of full fat Greek yogurt.  Saute your onions during curry base preparation with olive oil rather than ghee.  A middle of the road compromise would be to use 1-2 tbsp of sunflower oil.

A lot of people ask me about healthy snacks for children.  Most of the time I encourage my children to eat what I have cooked as the main family meal.  Do I really have time to churn out multiple dishes to suit everyone’s taste buds, no!  However, I don’t want to deprive my kids of snacks such chicken nuggets
and fries so I cleverly adapt the recipe to make it a healthy snack for children. Here’s how:

1. Marinade chicken strips with salt, pepper, lemon juice and a small pinch of chilli powder.
2. Toss in plain flour, dip in beaten free range egg, then toss in wholemeal breadcrumbs.
3. Grease an oven tray with olive oil.
4. Place these nuggets aka goujons onto a tray and shove into a hot oven (180 degrees) for 25 mins.

The children will delightfully devour their chicken nuggets whilst at the same time you know have
really served them healthy chicken goujons.

Nuggets must be accompanied with chips. Not fried, of course.  To continue the theme of healthy snacks for
children, chips must never be fried.  Wash and cut some potatoes lengthways to form wedges, ensure to leave
the skin on as potato skins are a great source of fibre, iron and Vitamin C.  In a large bowl, add 2 tbsp of
olive oila pinch of sea salt, some crushed black pepper and a sprinkle of garam masala (optional).
Add the potatoes and use your hands to lovingly coat every wedge. Alternatively, you can place this marinade
in a large food bag, add the potatoes and give it a good toss ensuring every wedge is coated.  Place into a
hot oven for 45 mins on 180 degress.  Note, there is no need to par boil, do you really have the time? no.
Not only are we advocating healthy snacks for children but we want to ensure these recipes are simple cooking recipes.

Whenever I take my children out to eat, they surprise me by asking for fish and chips from the indian restaurant menu.
I used to find this extremely odd but now understand why.  I am forever cooking Indian food at home and they miss
the basic snacks that their friends talk about.

The chicken goujons discussed above taste equally yummy if made with fish be it a white fish such as cod, haddock,
coley or Alaskan pollock or an oily fish such as salmon.  Coley and pollock tends to be cheaper.  I always tend to
wait for the half price fish offers from leading supermarkets and buy a kilo or two, split into food bags where
each bag represents fish required for one meal and then freeze.  If you can’t afford fresh fish, you can always
buy frozen white fish fillets or frozen salmon and cook using the same technique.  Either way, your child will be
getting their Omega 3 fatty acids, a good source of protein as well as making them smarter in the process!  Fish
contain healthy fats that will reduce cholesterol and improve health.

For more low fat recipes for dinner tonight, visit www.healthyindianrecipes.co.uk.  Here you will not only find
healthy curry recipes but also simple cooking recipes that will make your mouth water without slaving over a hot
stove for more than 30 minutes!

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